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Table 4 Comparison of each dimension score of the Chinese School-aged’ Children’s Eating Behavior Scale among different characteristics of children and caregivers in the third investigation of the scale (\(\overline{x} \pm s\))

From: Development and preliminary evaluation of Chinese School-aged Children’s Eating Behavior Scale

  n Food fussiness Food responsiveness Appetite Bad eating habit Susceptible eating Restrained eating Enjoyment of food Junk food preference
Gender          
Boys 354 2.49 ± 0.81 2.55 ± 0.77 2.36 ± 0.89 2.16 ± 0.71 2.23 ± 0.60 1.75 ± 0.81 3.26 ± 0.74 2.75 ± 0.80
Girls 330 2.52 ± 0.82 2.53 ± 0.79 2.36 ± 0.94 2.06 ± 0.65 2.25 ± 0.62 1.81 ± 0.78 3.26 ± 0.78 2.69 ± 0.76
Age (years)          
6–8 151 2.57 ± 0.83 2.54 ± 0.73 2.15 ± 0.78 2.17 ± 0.64 2.32 ± 0.60 1.72 ± 0.72 1.67 ± 0.73 2.76 ± 0.72
9–10 298 2.44 ± 0.82 2.48 ± 0.87 2.42 ± 1.02a 2.01 ± 0.65a 2.16 ± 0.64a 1.80 ± 0.80 1.81 ± 0.81 2.67 ± 0.85
11–12 235 2.40 ± 0.78a 2.44 ± 0.76 2.46 ± 0.92a 1.87 ± 0.59a, b 2.11 ± 0.57a 1.99 ± 0.89a, b 1.77 ± 0.80 2.72 ± 0.77
Place of residence          
Urban 370 2.51 ± 0.82 2.55 ± 0.79 2.36 ± 0.92 2.11 ± 0.68 2.25 ± 0.61 1.78 ± 0.80 3.27 ± 0.77 2.72 ± 0.78
Rural 314 2.45 ± 0.79 2.43 ± 0.69 2.33 ± 0.93 1.99 ± 0.66 2.19 ± 0.63 1.82 ± 0.75 3.21 ± 0.80 2.67 ± 0.74
Education of caregiver          
Junior high School or less 120 2.46 ± 0.74 2.42 ± 0.71 2.32 ± 0.92 2.05 ± 0.69 2.21 ± 0.56 1.83 ± 0.78 3.25 ± 0.68 2.80 ± 0.73
Senior high school 249 2.44 ± 0.85 2.48 ± 0.89 2.39 ± 0.99 2.02 ± 0.66 2.16 ± 0.64 1.84 ± 0.85 3.22 ± 0.80 2.70 ± 0.84
College or university or graduate 315 2.58 ± 0.79 2.67 ± 0.68c, d 2.35 ± 0.82 2.28 ± 0.67c, d 2.36 ± 0.59d 1.69 ± 0.75 3.20 ± 0.73 2.73 ± 0.71
Family per capita monthly income(RMB, Yuan)          
 < 3000 110 2.36 ± 0.79 2.48 ± 0.85 2.36 ± 0.97 2.15 ± 0.68 2.17 ± 0.64 1.81 ± 0.76 3.19 ± 0.80 2.79 ± 0.79
3000 ~  330 2.49 ± 0.79 2.55 ± 0.80 2.43 ± 0.93 2.13 ± 0.68 2.27 ± 0.61 1.78 ± 0.82 3.26 ± 0.71 2.71 ± 0.77
 ≥ 5000 244 2.57 ± 0.84 2.55 ± 0.74 2.30 ± 0.87 2.07 ± 0.72 2.24 ± 0.61 1.79 ± 0.77 3.29 ± 0.80 2.71 ± 0.81
Family structure          
Nuclear family 406 2.45 ± 0.79 2.48 ± 0.75 2.36 ± 0.91 2.05 ± 0.66 2.21 ± 0.60 1.82 ± 0.81 3.24 ± 0.76 2.68 ± 0.77
Stem family 201 2.62 ± 0.87e 2.67 ± 0.82e 2.37 ± 0.92 2.25 ± 0.73e 2.31 ± 0.61 1.65 ± 0.76e 3.28 ± 0.77 2.82 ± 0.80
Single parent family 77 2.50 ± 0.75 2.58 ± 1.04 2.13 ± 0.93 2.23 ± 0.68 2.33 ± 0.82 1.82 ± 0.67 3.51 ± 0.80 2.55 ± 0.69
BMI          
Thinner 60 2.77 ± 0.80 2.25 ± 0.78 2.00 ± 0.82 2.41 ± 0.78 2.22 ± 0.56 2.01 ± 0.88 2.95 ± 0.74 2.26 ± 0.74
Normal 531 2.51 ± 0.81f 2.52 ± 0.77 2.34 ± 0.89f 2.29 ± 0.68f 2.24 ± 0.60 1.78 ± 0.79f 3.28 ± 0.74f 2.32 ± 0.78f
Overweight/obesity 93 2.22 ± 0.81f, g 2.70 ± 0.82 g 2.95 ± 0.97f, g 2.00 ± 0.61f, g 2.24 ± 0.76 1.49 ± 0.70f, g 3.39 ± 0.88f 2.79 ± 0.79f, g
  1. aCompared with the age group of 6–8 years old p < 0.05
  2. bCompared with the age group of 9–10 years old p < 0.05
  3. cCompared with the group of junior high school and below p < 0.05
  4. dCompared with the group of senior high school p < 0.05
  5. eCompared with the group of nuclear family p < 0.05
  6. fCompared with the group of thin p < 0.05
  7. gCompared with the group of normal p < 0.05